The writers on Saturday Night Live tend to toil away in obscurity while the performers on the show get all the laughs, enjoy name recognition and go on to lucrative careers in film and other television programs. Yet the writers on SNL are more responsible for shaping the program and its enduring popularity than anyone else. Every great character and skit—from the Coneheads and Church Lady to the Jeopardy parodies and Californians soap opera, all of them were given life in the writers’ room at SNL and as concepts on paper. And the number of talented and famous people who have worked as writers on SNL surprises most people. Here are 10 people you didn’t know worked as writers on SNL over the show’s 40 plus year run.